UNESCO has declared Llíria a Creative City in the music category. It becomes the second municipality in Spain, after Seville, to receive international recognition in this category. Until now, there were 21 musical cities around the world, and in Spain, seven locations were already integrated into the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. In the Valencian Community, Dénia was only included in the category of gastronomy.
Mayor Manuel Civera expressed “the immense pride and responsibility that this international distinction represents for our city, which is also a well-deserved recognition of the entire Valencian musical heritage”.
“It is a well-deserved tribute to the extraordinary cultural and educational background of the musical societies of Llíria, La Primitiva, Unió Musical, El Micalet, Vicente Giménez and Banda UDP, which have made this recognition possible. We must also thank the many generations of musicians that our city has given and to whom a new door of international projection is now opening,” he said.
In 2004, UNESCO created the Creative Cities Network to promote cooperation towards and between cities that identify creativity as a strategic factor in sustainable urban development.
Currently, there are 180 cities forming the Network worldwide and working together towards a common goal: to position creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their local development plan and to actively cooperate at a international level in this field. The Network covers seven creative areas: crafts and popular arts, digital arts, cinema, design, gastronomy, literature and music.
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